American singer-songwriter Mary Lambert was “shocked” by the way she was treated during a recent medical appointment when she tried to have an MRI.
Lambert, 32, says the radiology company was “unprepared” for a “fat patient” and did not have scrubs or equipment to suit her properly.
“I just tried to get an MRI at @RAYUSradiology, and was shocked at how unprepared they were for a fat patient“she wrote on Twitter.
“I changed into their bigger scrubs (a 2X) and had half of my butt exposed, only so the MRI coil wouldn’t fit around my knee. 3 times different weight. “
Lambert is passionate about skiing and running, and injured her knee in a skiing accident in December.
She said the technician was “the right size and assured me the spool was” tight on everyone, even me! “” which she said was “meant to be nice, but it made me even more pissed off to wonder why there couldn’t be a system in place to make sure that didn’t happen.”
The Grammy nominee suggested that medical facilities “make sure all locations offer sizes larger than 2 times for scrubs” and perhaps call patients to ask for their clothing size in advance for s. ‘ensure that they can be properly taken care of.
Lambert says the experience left her in a state of distress.
“I was crying so hard in the locker room that I had a panic attack, and it’s an experience obese people are often used to being ashamed of,” she writes.
“People wonder why obese people wait / seek medical treatment for themselves, and experiences like this empower.”
“The idea that there is something wrong or abnormal with our body. Obese people have been around forever! Do not hesitate to contact me by DM if you want to know more about my experience and about how you can be more inclusive with people of all sizes. “
Lambert has been praised for being so open with her story, with many sharing their own similar experiences.
“Yes, I understand that perfectly,” wrote one Twitter follower. “I had an MRI last summer and the pants were so tight they split when I got on the table, I’m talking about embarrassing.”
Another comments: “First you are so beautiful. I hate that in today’s society manufacturers and suppliers pay more attention to the true average height of people. We no longer live in a world of cookie-cutter barbies. I also find that they are. not properly prepared in adult providers for the small ppl. “
“It shouldn’t happen !!” wrote another Twitter follower. “Every hospital I have worked in has gowns and gowns for our larger patients. Even double stretchers Health care needs to accommodate everyone and I hope they learn from their mistakes.”
Another wrote: “I’m so sorry. The health issues and the exams are stressful enough without having to face those hassles. I had to have some knee MRIs this year and looked for clothes that are suitable for them. machines. I wear cotton everything and keep my own clothes. “
Lambert has since told America Today his knee injury made it too painful to try to squeeze through undersized clothing and equipment.
“I had to finally act like I didn’t think I could do this for half an hour,” she said on the show.
The singer-songwriter then hosted an Instagram Live session to respond to comments on his original post.
She told her subscribers that the imaging center has since contacted her to try to resolve the issue and that she has since passed the MRI.
The company also consulted Lambert to ensure they can properly cater for taller patients in the future.
To those who gave her negative comments after sharing her story, including one who told her she should admit that “her weight is the problem,” she pushes back, noting that about 60 percent of Americans are supposedly “plus size” and are victims of such experiences and discriminated against in health care.
“This is about due diligence,” she adds.
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